The City Commission is the legislative body of City government. The five Commissioners are elected by popular vote of the registered voters in the City of Pahokee. The City Commission must determine the policies, directions and levels of service of City government. Their job is to determine how to best meet the numerous needs and demands for public services throughout the community while complying with state and federal mandates and doing all of this with limited financial resources. The City Commission must constantly listen to the people in the community while keeping an ear tuned to the events of the region, the state, the nation, and the world, which could affect the City of Pahokee.
Form of Government
Under the commission-manager form of government, the manager is the chief administrative office of the city. The manager supervises and coordinates the departments, appoints and removes their directors, prepares the budget for the council's consideration, and makes reports and recommendations to the commission. All department heads report to the manager. The manager is fully responsible for municipal administration. The mayor in a commission-manager form is the ceremonial head of the municipality, presides over council meetings, and makes appointments to boards. The mayor may be an important political figure, but has little, if any, role in day-to-day municipal administration.
The commission-manager form of government is widely viewed as a way to take politics out of municipal administration. The manager is expected to abstain from any and all political involvement. At the same time, the commission members and other "political" leaders are expected to refrain from intruding on the manager's role as chief executive. Of course, the manager, who is hired and fired by the commission, is subject to the authority of the commission, but commission members are expected to abstain from seeking to individually interfere in administrative matters, including actions in personnel matters. Some city charters provide that interference in administrative matters by an elected city official is grounds for removal of the elected official from office.